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Wanna Be A Superhero?

by Jory Butler on December 1, 2010

Would you want to be a superhero like Spider-man, Superman, or even Shrek? Yes, I consider Shrek a superhero.  (I personally would love to fly.)  Where would someone find out how to become a superhero?   How would you ever become a superhero?

There really is a simple way to finding out if you would like to be a superhero or even like a particular career.  Informational interviewing is a great way to find out.   It’s asking someone who is doing what you want, questions.

For example:  If you wanted to become a real estate agent, you could take a high quality agent out for lunch. (I would suggest an agent that lives far enough away that it wouldn’t be competition.)   Take a notepad and ask as them questions such as:

  • How did you get started in this career?
  • What does your typical day look like?
  • In a down economy what things do you do to keep an income?
  • What have you learned on the job that school doesn’t teach?
  • What would you recommend someone new to focus on first?

By actually taking initiative, you’ll discover if you would  like a particular career path or not.   I know this may be simple wisdom, but not many people do it.  So if you desire a specific career, go find out if you would enjoy it.  Informational interviewing is a great way to find out what you love.   There you have it.  Happy interviewing!

Photo Credit:   Stitch / Jimmy Hilario

  • Anonymous

    Jory, this is exactly how I find myself in my “dream” job!!! Great advice.

  • Jory Butler

    Jaime, what did you do? Would you mind sharing?

  • Anonymous

    I spent a year scouring the internet and reading books for information on the field I was interested in pursuing. I wasn’t finding a good picture of the day to day and nitty gritty of the job. I finally got up the courage to e-mail a local financial coach (I’ll let him come forward should he choose to with his side of the story!) who lived in my area. He couldn’t have been more gracious and open about sharing the ins and outs with me and even invited me to his office to sit down and let me ask anything and everything I could think of. I’m glad I did because there was a lot about the field I didn’t take into consideration. He pointed me to some great resources and let me sit in on some client meetings. We stayed in touch for another year or so before I was ready to make the leap and everything fell into place how I feel it was meant to for me at this time.
    The worst thing that can happen if you ask for help is somebody says “no”, right? Then they probably weren’t the right person to help you anyway.

  • Jory Butler

    Wow, that really is amazing!!! I hope your story will encourage those out there who are in the same boat.


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